After a heralded Christmas holiday, with at least a few months of fantastic sales competition with the $400 PlayStation 4 console, Microsoft’s Xbox One will revert back to the $400 ticket of their competition with the start of the new year.
Microsoft’s “Major Nelson” Larry Hryb dropped the bomb today, as the holiday season will officially end on January 3rd for Microsoft when the Xbox One reaches a $400 MSRP once again to ring in the new year. Microsoft enjoyed leadership of the US sales charts during their holiday promotion, and it comes as a bit of a surprise that they won’t look to dominate a market that sits disappointed after recent network attacks left the competition offline considerably longer than Microsoft’s console. While these price hikes will disappoint many potential buyers in the coming tax season, those with a bit of spare Christmas cash can still enjoy the sale offerings through January, as many bundles are still $50 off of MSRP.
With an Assassin’s Creed bundle available today as it was through much of the holiday season, you can still pick up a console with or without the Kinect at a discount through Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Toys ‘R Us, Meijer and Newegg. This deal only applies to US customers, and if you’re looking for any of the exclusive packs aside from these, you’ll have to check in with your local retailer directly in hopes of a previously released bundle left around. While the move back up another $50 is almost unheard of, Microsoft may have simply been looking for a product awareness push this holiday – if sales continue to falter after the price bump, we may well see a sub-400 price for the Xbox One yet again in 2015.